It goes without saying that there’s more to any fashion week show than just clothes on a runway. There’s casting, there’s music, there’s styling and hair and makeup. Of the latter, what’s on the runway helps to shape and define the trends.

April 8 marks the beginning of Australian fashion week (MBFWA) for 2013. This year, Maybelline New York will create beauty looks to accompany 8 of the week’s runways – from big names like We Are Handsome and Michael Lo Sordo to the upcoming New Gen collections – with Makeup Director Nigel Stanislaus at the helm.

We chatted to Nigel to get some clues into the coming spring beauty trends, the looks we can expect to see on the runway, and every girl’s must have items for the season. Read the interview after the break.

backstage at An Ode To No One

Mr Stanislaus, what would you say is at the essence of a great beauty look?
The essence of a great beauty look is beautiful skin and natural brows. Anything is possible after this.

As the makeup director for Maybelline you’re constantly having to come up with new ideas and new looks: how do you stay inspired and how do you keep evolving?
Travelling and talking to people from all walks of life really inspires me but so does film, music, exotic food and popular culture. I believe an understanding of history helps with the creation process – a solid appreciation of where techniques, applications and styles come from lets you play and bend the rules to create something new and exciting.

Australian Fashion Week is just around the corner. Can you give us some insight into what key beauty trends we can expect to see on the runway?
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia this year will be the most exciting yet. Maybelline NY is partnering with 8 designers and we’re seeing a lot of colour, on lips, eyes and nails. There’ll be a lot of strong statement lips in jewel tones and bright pops of colour and of course defined, long lashes are always to die for.

backstage at An Ode To No One

Can you give us a hint as to one/some particularly exciting or innovative looks we can look forward to?
The much loved dewy skin is always an Aussie favourite whether it’s on the catwalk or sidewalk. We like our girls to look luminous and carefree so some designers will have fun with beautifully bare skin but experiment with jewel tones. One thing you will see a lot of is nail design – from a beautiful sophisticated finish to modern art creations.

Based on the Sydney runway looks, what would you say are the must have beauty products for the coming spring/summer?
The two must have products is a bright lip colour & an even brighter nail. Match them or contrast them, anything goes. I recommend playing with Maybelline NY’s new Color Sensational Vivids Lip Color range and Color Show Nail range… something for everyone!

And, just for fun, what is the craziest / weirdest / most outlandish makeup brief you’ve ever been given?
Surprisingly, makeup briefs don’t surprise me anyone. After 16 years in the industry, I’ve applied gloss to eyelids, diamanté’s and feathers to lashes and used some very interesting products to create certain effects. Although, usually it is me pushing the boundary and trying to create something totally new.

Our thanks to Nigel for taking the time to give us some clues into the upcoming beauty looks for Sydney. If you want to stay up to date with all the coverage from the shows as they happen, keep an eye on our Australian fashion week page.

Photos: Maybelline at work backstage during last year’s MBFWA. Photography by James Broadhurst for

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